Here is the "After"
that goes with the "Before" seen above.
I remember reading the reviews on Amazon before I bought the book, and they were extremely positive. So much so, that the few negative reviews stuck out like a sore thumb. The negative review that made me laugh in rueful agreement said that the answer to the question of how to stop overeating is simply to stop eating anything that tastes good. Another disappointed review follows:
This book can be summarized in one sentence:
"Tasty foods tend to make us eat too much, so stop eating delicious foods and you won't overeat."
The book's title promises too much in light of this unworkable "solution."
Now I personally enjoyed Dr. Kessler's book, and I agree with him about the power of processed, highly manipulated foods to trigger overeating. What these two negative reviews appear to be seeking is a workable solution to replace the unworkable one mentioned above. Dr. Kessler advocates structure, planning, and exercise, but many people are bewildered as to how to implement a plan for getting away from the foods that trigger, "conditioned hyper eating" (Dr. Kessler's phrase).
Back in 2008, as I was starting my transformation journey, I ran across London personal trainer Dax
Moy's Elimination Diet. I did some research on it and I thought, "No way am I eliminating
all these things
I love from my diet. I'd go crazy!" It's nearly four years later, and those last ten pounds that stand
between me and my dream body are still hanging around. So now I'm doing his MAP 2012 plan,
and it is
intense and involved. The link is:
http://daxmoypersonaltrainingstudios.com/ (This is not an affiliate link.
Dax offered the program to
his e-mail list in order to test it's effectiveness in the real world.)
There is now a pretty big group of people who are giving up all of the processed, chemically altered,
stimulating foods you can think of. The big ones for me? All sweeteners, natural and artificial, caffeine
and sugar free gum. I know, I know, it's not wine and chocolate, but Splenda and Trident have kept me
sane for some time now, and now I have to feel the emotions that they were covering. But that's a story
for another post.
So there it is. My latest plan to conquer the overeating demon for good. If I can keep this up for the
entire 30 day program, amazing changes will result. At the very least, I will be astonished by what I can
actually do without.